New Markets for Costa Rica Cacao

Growers are analyzing the grain's potential for entering gourmet markets.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A forum called "Cacao Quality: Input for a National Strategy", organized by Project "Cacao Centroamérica", was attended by more than 30 cacao organizations.

"Costa Rican caco is considered of high quality, due to its origin and genetic characteristics", said Juan Pablo Buchert, president of the National Chamber of Fine Cacao (Canacaco).

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Cocoa Forum in Honduras

September 2014

Manufacturers and exporters of cocoa will meet in Tegucigalpa on October 1 to discuss issues of interest to the sector, including new techniques to improve the genetic quality of the grain.

Providing updated knowledge in the field of genetics, strategies for germplasm conservation and new mechanisms to enhance the organoleptic analysis of mixtures of clones grown in different regions around the country are part of the themes to be addressed at the Seventh National Forum of Cocoa organized by the Cocoa Producers Association of Honduras (Aprocacaho).

Honduran Cocoa Growing and More Growth Planned

January 2013

The number of producers grew by 40% in the past two years, with a total harvest of about 850 tons.

Cocoa producers plan to have 8000 hectares dedicated to growing the grain within three years which would position the Honduras at the forefront of Central American growers.

Costa Rica and the International Cocoa Organization

April 2012

Costa Rica wants to join the international organization in order to create a genetic map of the varieties that are planted in the country, and obtain a quality certification.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), is promoting the inclusion of Costa Rica into the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), which will bring great benefits to the sector, for example, mapping all genetic varieties of cocoa in the country and determining denominations of origin and organoleptic qualities that will allow producers to certify that the Costa Rican cacao is "fine" quality and get higher prices in the international market.

Honduran Cacao Goes to Switzerland

October 2011

In 2011 the country exported a total of 40 tons of cocoa to Halba, a Swiss chocolate maker.

Exports generated $1.5 million in foreign exchange, said Anibal Ayala, president of the Honduran Association of Caco Producers (APROCACAHO).

"Ayala told reporters that Hondurans who grow the grain will gain a profit of $1.16 per kilo, as it is sold at $2.94 and its production cost is $1.78.

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